Lorraine Hansberry News

Date of Birth: May 19, 1930
Date of Death: January 12, 1965 (34)
Birth Place: Chicago, IL, USA
Gender: Female
Greenway Arts Alliance Presents World Premiere of BREATHE by Javon JohnsonGreenway Arts Alliance Presents World Premiere of BREATHE by Javon Johnson
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2015

Greenway Arts Alliance has announced the world premiere production of Breathe, a drama by Javon Johnson. Directed by Levy Lee Simon, there will be two preview performances on September 23 and 24 at 8pm and opening night is set for Friday, September 25 at 8pm. The limited engagement of 17 performances will run through Friday, October 23. (more...)

Greenway Arts Alliance to Stage Five World Premieres in 2015-16Greenway Arts Alliance to Stage Five World Premieres in 2015-16
by BWW News Desk - Sep 1, 2015

Greenway Arts Alliance has announced a season of five world premieres kicking off September 25 with BREATHE by Javon Johnson which will run concurrently with BREATHING ROOM byMary Lou Newmark (beginning October 3). FRONT DOOR OPENby Tom Baum follows in November, and 2016 will begin with SWARM CELLby Gabriel Rivas Gomez, opening in January. The season will conclude with SIX LETTERS IN HARLEMby Crescent McGlone, opening in July. (more...)

ARCTIC REQUIEM: THE STORY OF LUKE COLE AND KIVALINA to Play Z Below Theater, 10/23-11/15ARCTIC REQUIEM: THE STORY OF LUKE COLE AND KIVALINA to Play Z Below Theater, 10/23-11/15
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2015

BootStrap Theater Foundation is pleased to announce the world premiere of 'Arctic Requiem: The Story of Luke Cole and Kivalina' created by Sharmon J. Hilfinger and Joan McMillen, directed by Tracy Ward. This multifaceted theatrical production will run October 23 - November 15 at San Francisco's Z Below Theater 450 Florida Street with an Opening Night on Sunday, October 25, 5 p.m. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Remembering E'dena Hines, Slain Granddaughter of Morgan FreemanSTAGE TUBE: Remembering E'dena Hines, Slain Granddaughter of Morgan Freeman
by Michael Dale - Aug 19, 2015

A glimpse at the artistry and talent of E'dena Hines. (more...)

BWW Review: Mad Cow's Brilliant CLYBOURNE PARK Continues Important LegacyBWW Review: Mad Cow's Brilliant CLYBOURNE PARK Continues Important Legacy
by Matt Tamanini - Aug 15, 2015

Now, running through September 6th, Mad Cow Theatre has brought to their stage an exemplary production of Norris' surprisingly funny CLYBOURNE PARK that is so full of intelligence, talent, and compassion that it can't help but engage Orlando theatre audiences in this discussion that has become vitally important given tragic events in our country over the past year. (more...)

Long Beach Playhouse Announces New Pricing for 87th Mainstage SeasonLong Beach Playhouse Announces New Pricing for 87th Mainstage Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2015

On September 26, the Long Beach Playhouse opens its 87th Mainstage Season with lower ticket prices for Friday night shows. Instead of paying $24, the Friday night single ticket price will be $20. (more...)

Penfold Theatre's 2015-16 Season to Include CLYBOURNE PARK & MorePenfold Theatre's 2015-16 Season to Include CLYBOURNE PARK & More
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2015

Penfold Theatre Company has announced its 2015-16 mainstage season, including an original adaptation of a holiday masterpiece; Penfold's Long Center debut with a Tony, Olivier and Pulitzer prize winning play; and a return to the Bard for our annual 'Penfold in the Park'! (more...)

Stockard Channing, Kenny Leon & More Join American Theatre Wing's Advisory CommitteeStockard Channing, Kenny Leon & More Join American Theatre Wing's Advisory Committee
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2015

The American Theatre Wing has just announced new appointments to its Board of Trustees and Advisory Committee, BroadwayWorld has learned. (more...)

A RAISIN IN THE SUN, PYGMALION & More Set for Long Beach Playhouse's 87th Mainstage SeasonA RAISIN IN THE SUN, PYGMALION & More Set for Long Beach Playhouse's 87th Mainstage Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 10, 2015

On September 26, the Long Beach Playhouse opens its 87th Mainstage Season. This year's season is a celebration of authors and their finest works with classics including Pygmalion, The Mousetrap, A Raisin in the Sun and Around the World in 80 Days. The season opens with Lanford Wilson's comedy classic, Hot L Baltimore on September 26, 2015. The season curtain falls on August 6, 2016 with the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. In between are six plays, including a two-weekend run of A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens. (more...)

Tanna Frederick to Star in DUTCHMAN at Edgemar CenterTanna Frederick to Star in DUTCHMAN at Edgemar Center
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2015

Dutchman Opens Limited Engagement at Edgemar Center for the Arts on July 15; Tanna Frederick and Siaka Massaquoi star, Levy Lee Simons directs (more...)

Judith Jamison, Patti LuPone, Denzel Washington and More Among The Wallis' 2015-16 Artistic AdvisorsJudith Jamison, Patti LuPone, Denzel Washington and More Among The Wallis' 2015-16 Artistic Advisors
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2015

Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts announces dates and subscription tickets for the 2015 -2016 Season Artistic Advisor master classes and events --Suzanne Farrell, former Principal Dancer in George Balanchine's New York City Ballet and founder of Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the Kennedy Center (January 24, 2016); Judith Jamison, dancer, choreographer and Artistic Director Emerita of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (April 5, 2016); Patti LuPone, Grammy, Olivier and Tony Award-winning actor and singer (March 31, 2016); Arturo Sandoval, Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter, pianist, composer and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom (October 27, 2015); and Denzel Washington, Academy, Golden Globe and Tony Award-winning actor (September 17, 2015). (more...)

New Musical ACAPPELLA to Play NYMFNew Musical ACAPPELLA to Play NYMF
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2015

The New York Musical Theatre Festival and Grep Cooper Productions, LLC LLC have announced that Virginia Woodruff (Violet, Leap of Faith, The Color Purple, All Shook Up, Smokey Joe's Cafe), Cheryl A. Freeman (The Who's Tommy , Disney's Hercules), Tyler Hardwick , Anthony Chatmon II , Miche Braden and Darilyn Castillo have joined the cast of ACAPPELLA. Rounding out the company are Katrina R. Dideriksen, Gavyn Pickens, Emily Goglia, Rachel Gavaletz, Janelle McDermoth, Darryl Williams, Alex Koceja and Garrett Turner. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Hattiloo's SIMPLY SIMONE Sings and ZingsBWW Reviews: Hattiloo's SIMPLY SIMONE Sings and Zings
by Joseph Baker - Jun 14, 2015

Somewhere in my prodigious vinyl collection there is at least one album by the self-proclaimed 'High Priestess of Soul,' Nina Simone; and having just seen SIMPLY SIMONE: The Music of Nina Simone, at the Hattiloo Theatre, I am taking a deep breath and planning to thumb through my myriad of records in order to seek it out. Nina Simone never quite 'caught on' with mainstream audiences; the legendary Aretha Franklin, who, like Simone, emerged from a gospel background and was a gifted pianist, was much more successful in that respect. Simone was too idiosyncratic a performer to be pigeonholed or labeled. She scoffed at being called a blues singer or a jazz singer; her early classical training, encouraged by a white pianist and patron (who collected money from the people in the town and helped to enroll at Juilliard), always informed her music. Moreover, the songs she chose to interpret, in addition to her own, were an eclectic repertoire: Everything from Gershwin to the Beatles. Underappreciated in her own country, and disillusioned by the stagnation of the Civil Rights Movement after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., she found her audience abroad, particularly in France; she turned her back on disco (which she disdainfully dismissed) and was selective and intelligent in the music she chose to interpret, which left no room for her on the popularity bandwagon. (more...)

CLYBOURNE PARK to Begin This Weekend at Two Muses Theatre; Panel Set for 6/7CLYBOURNE PARK to Begin This Weekend at Two Muses Theatre; Panel Set for 6/7
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2015

Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris is a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play that is sure to stimulate much debate on social issues - past and present. It plays at Two Muses Theatre from June 5 through June 21. (more...)

Chicago Shakespeare's GALA 2015 to Benefit Urban Initiatives, Honor Callow & Rashad, 6/8Chicago Shakespeare's GALA 2015 to Benefit Urban Initiatives, Honor Callow & Rashad, 6/8
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2015

Chicago Shakespeare Theater(CST) celebrates the transformative power of Shakespeare withGALA 2015onMonday, June 8at the Theater's home on Navy Pier. (more...)

INVISIBLE THREAD, Previously Titled WITNESS UGANDA, and Kenny Leon-Helmed SMART PEOPLE Set for Second Stage's 2015-16 SeasonINVISIBLE THREAD, Previously Titled WITNESS UGANDA, and Kenny Leon-Helmed SMART PEOPLE Set for Second Stage's 2015-16 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2015

Second Stage Theatre has announced two New York Premiere productions for its upcoming 37th season. The season will kick off in fall 2015 with the New York Premiere production of Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews' new musical, INVISIBLE THREAD (previously titled Witness Uganda), in association with American Repertory Theater, directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Finding Neverland, Pippin). The season will continue in early 2016 with the New York premiere of Lydia R. Diamond's (Stick Fly) critically acclaimed play, SMART PEOPLE, directed by Tony Award Winner Kenny Leon (Fences, A Raisin in the Sun, Stick Fly). Two additional productions remain to be announced. (more...)

CPT to Present DONTRELL, WHO KISSED THE SEA, 5/21-6/6CPT to Present DONTRELL, WHO KISSED THE SEA, 5/21-6/6
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2015

Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) Executive Artistic Director Raymond Bobgan presents the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea by Nathan Alan Davis, directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian. The production stars emerging actor, poet, and hip hop artist Kalim Hill-a longtime participant in CPT's youth education programs-now a sophomore at Cleveland State University. (more...)

Photo Flash: The Odyssey Presents SUNSET BABYPhoto Flash: The Odyssey Presents SUNSET BABY
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2015

A secret cache of letters brings together a former Black Power leader, his estranged daughter and her drug-dealing boyfriend in a powerful story of family and activism. The West Coast premiere of Dominique Morisseau's explosive, uncensored Sunset Baby opens on April 25 at the Odyssey Theatre. Check out photos from the production below! (more...)

Ebony Repertory Theatre to Present THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS, 6/18-7/19Ebony Repertory Theatre to Present THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS, 6/18-7/19
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2015

Ebony Repertory Theatre (ERT - Founder/Producer Wren T. Brown) announced today that they will present the Pulitzer Prize Finalist and Tony Award-nominated production of THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS starring Tony Award-winner Roger Robinson (Joe Turner's Come and Gone) as Oedpius. The acclaimed production, conceived and adapted by Lee Breuer (Mabou Mines' Trilogy) and music by Bob Telson (Lincoln Center Theater's Chronicle of a Death Foretold), is a soul stirring dramatic-musical which takes place within the framework of a Pentecostal church service set against the tragic Greek background of the story of Oedipus at Colonus, in which the exiled king Oedipus seeks a place where he may be properly buried. ERT's production, directed by Andi Chapman (Actors Co-op's Steel Magnolias - Drama-Logue Award for Outstanding Director), will commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Premiere. Performances will run June 18 - July 19, 2015 with an official press opening on Saturday, June 20 at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center (4718 West Washington Boulevard) in Los Angeles. (more...)

Ensemble Studio Theatre to Launch 35th Marathon of One-Act Plays Next MonthEnsemble Studio Theatre to Launch 35th Marathon of One-Act Plays Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Apr 23, 2015

The Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon of One-Act Plays, the original festival of its kind, returns for its 35th incarnation Wednesday, May 13, at 7:00pm at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, 549 West 52nd Street. (more...)

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